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After investigating more than 4,000 vehicles where owners reported unintended acceleration issues, Toyota engineers have found not one case where the evidence would suggest faulty electronics were to blame. Instead, Toyota quality assurance teams dispatched to meet with owners and investigate cars found that highly publicized recalls had not been made and that floor mats had been stacked on top of each other – a common cause of sticking accelerator pedals. In a conference call yesterday, Bob Waltz, U.S. VP of product quality and service commented that in other cases the data recorders showed that the the vehicle operator had incorrectly applied the throttle, rather than the brakes.

Over the past year Toyota issued recalls for over 8 million vehicles for supposed unintended acceleration resulting from floor mat issues and a faulty accelerator pedal. The recalls were highly publicized in a sensationalistic report by ABC news and in hearings before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, both of which centered around an engineer hired by Safety Research & Strategies Inc., a company that produces data used by companies (including Allstate) suing Toyota.

In a bid to reassure consumers after the fake-news fiasco, Toyota has made the bold move of installing a new brake override system on 84 percent of it's vehicles on sale int he U.S. and has said it will be the first automaker to have the system in all of its vehicles.

More: Toyota Finds No Electronic Throttle Flaw After Investigating 4,000 Vehicles on AutoGuide.com
 

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Read an article in the local paper a couple or so months ago where the US Congress authorized NASA investigation into the throttle issue resulted in the same. Nothing wrong with the electronics, people pressing on the throttle instead of the brake. Don't recall them mentioning the mat issue, but that's been well known for a long time. If the mat isn't anchored (the factory mat is), then they're going to creep! There's just no way there can be a mat problem without it being the vehicle owner's own fault.

The factory mat in my '90 Eclipse has always gradually crept, but the effect was to climb the left side of the center hump and interfere with pressing the throttle pedal, not releasing. After getting the xB, I followed Toyota's example and installed grommets in the back of the mat and secured it with velcro straps to the seat frame -- hasn't crept since :)!

 
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